When it comes to the Vietnam War, we face almost the same situation that we do with physics: there’s really no “grand unified theory” among either scholars or the public. The staggering complexity of that conflict resists any conclusive definition of what, precisely, it was about.
George J. Veith
George J . Veith, a former Army captain, is the author of Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-1975, Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts during the Vietnam War (1998), and Leave No Man Behind: Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War (2004). He has testified on the POW/MIA issue before the U.S. Congress, and is currently working on his PhD and a study of the career of Nguyen Van Thieu. He lives in Delaware.